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Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and culturally

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Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and culturally distinct people, the island of Hokkaido did not have large numbers of Japanese settlers until the nineteenth century.

(A) a racially and culturally distinct people.
(B) who are a people that are distinct by race and culture
(C) a people who are distinctive in their race and culture
(D) a distinct people by race and culture
(E) a distinctive people racially and culturally


I don't understand why "a" is there. "People" is plural, so cannat have the article "a".
Please, post your answer with reasoning.
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Re: PT #3 SC 25 Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and [#permalink]

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people here refers to a group(collective) which is distinct . It should be singular. Hope your doubt is cleared .
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Re: PT #3 SC 25 Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and [#permalink]

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eybrj2 wrote:
I don't understand why "a" is there. "People" is plural, so cannat have the article "a".
Please, post your answer with reasoning.

This case is a typical noun modifier which is modifying the noun preceding.
eybrj2 wrote:
Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and culturally distinct people,

a racially and culturally distinct people is modifying or explaining Ainu , which is a cast or a tribe (IMO)( Collective noun) thus there is no problem in using "a" here.
another example.
The army of England has a number of Gorkha soldiers.
hope this helps.
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Re: Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and culturally [#permalink]

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eybrj2 wrote:
Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and culturally distinct people, the island of Hokkaido did not have large numbers of Japanese settlers until the nineteenth century.

(A) a racially and culturally distinct people.
(B) who are a people that are distinct by race and culture
(C) a people who are distinctive in their race and culture
(D) a distinct people by race and culture
(E) a distinctive people racially and culturally


I don't understand why "a" is there. "People" is plural, so cannat have the article "a".
Please, post your answer with reasoning.


I also agree why a is there?

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Re: Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and culturally [#permalink]

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what is wrong with D?

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I did not understand the use of 'a' in front of people. can you please explain the solution to this question?
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Re: Originally inhabited by the Ainu, a racially and culturally [#permalink]

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I did not understand the use of 'a' in front of people. can you please explain the solution to this question?


"a" here refers to a type of sth.
Do not worry, gmat will be unlikely to test such grammar issue. Nevertheless, at the same time, such grammar issue will help to understand the context in reading, or in SC question.
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